“Point Break” was supposed to get a sequel, but the last we heard about that was a few years ago, when news had the sequel being officially dead. I guess there was a reason for that — instead of a sequel, Warner Bros. will reboot the film for a new generation desperately in search of a cool, Zen bank-robbing badass and his slow-talking FBI undercover agent-turned-surfing bud.
In a press release, Alcon Entertainment announces that Kurt Wimmer, of “Equilibrium” fame (and “Ultraviolet” infamy) will write the script. As for the plot, it follows the original, though instead of the world of surfer brahs, the remake will instead take place in “the world of international extreme sports”, with, once again, an undercover FBI agent infiltrating a criminal ring that exists within said world of international extreme sportage. (For those who have never seen “Point Break”, maybe you’ve seen the first “The Fast and the Furious”? “Furious” was basically a remake of “Point Break”, minus the surfing.)
The 1991 original was directed by Katheryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker”), and starred Keanu Reeves as the improbably named Johnny Utah, a boring FBI agent whose life changes when he’s assigned to infiltrate a gang of surfers by day and bank robbers by night led by Patrick Swayze. The kooky Gary Busey played Reeves’ kooky partner in the movie.
Maybe they can get Paul Walker to play the Utah character in the remake. I’ve always thought that Walker was essentially a dead ringer for Reeves in “The Fast and the Furious”, so it would be like coming full circle.